[Discuss] New reading group: solid modelling CAD (toward FOSS meche CAD)

Nancy Ouyang nancy.ouyang at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 22:19:21 UTC 2015

This is modelled off a reading group where we would meet to discuss once a
week in person. I personally find face-to-face meetings motivationally
important and look forward to such meetings, but don't expect everyone to
want to attend, so we will take down public meeting notes (I plan to rotate
note-taking between the kind souls who volunteered to help) and the mailing
list is for general discussion and coordination.
Happy to hear there's a strong community around brlcad and openscad, I am
hoping to take a step back and understand the principles and lay of the
field first before diving into implementation / contribution. My interviews
with folks made it clear there was plenty going on I should learn about

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On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:09 PM, Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 4:26 PM, Nancy Ouyang <nancy.ouyang at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Proposed time is 6pm EST Sundays over google hangouts (and possibly
>> simultaneously in person in Camberville, MA), totally open to other times.
> Why both a mailing list and video chat? How about email only? Cuts
> participation cost by like 50% at least, although arguably email is way
> faster than serial video communication. Ever since the OpenWorm group moved
> to Google Hangouts their participation plummeted- they had a really active
> IRC channel but they moved off of that. Instead of receiving asynchronous
> readable updates, their members had to then watch very long low-bandwidth
> videos, which even fewer individuals have time for. There's also a
> (comparatively!) large community in for example #brlcad on
> irc.freenode.net (25/day) that works on CSG, and #openscad (80/day) as
> well. But for solid modeling I usually point others to
> http://solvespace.com/ or https://github.com/pboyer/verb rather than
> openscad these days..
> - Bryan
> http://heybryan.org/
> 1 512 203 0507
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